Some people with hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid glands, are organizing and agitating. Their complaint? That traditional means for diagnosing and treating the condition don’t work for all patients.
Grass roots patient-activist organizations with names like ThyroidChange and Thyroid Patient Advocacy, and the doctor-founded National Academy of Hypothyroidism, say that the current screening test for hypothyroidism leaves out some symptomatic patients and that the main medication used to treat patients, doesn’t always alleviate many symptoms.
They are calling for doctors to be open to other therapies, including a combination of synthetic hormones and the use of natural, animal-based ones.